This series was adapted by Michael Kilgariff and produced by John Powell in eight half-hour mono episodes for BBC Radio 4.
The radio series follows the plot of the original novel (revised 1951 version) very closely, except for the addition of The Tale Bearer, a narrator whose account of the story is often interrupted and embellished by the protagonist Bilbo Baggins in the role of secondary narrator.
J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless and beloved tale is presented in a stunning dramatization that resounds with all the excitement of a theater performance--and all the charm of a vintage radio show. Originally conceived for BBC broadcast and produced by the world's foremost creators of radio entertainment, this lavish production melds a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this magnificent classic to life.
October 8, 2018 Subject:
A solid introduction
This was the first version of the Hobbit i'd experienced as a kid and really the first introduction i'd had to Tolkien's works. I'm glad that it's on here because I don't have the CD version, that i listened to late at night all those years ago, with me at university.
Give it to your kids, they'll have a blast.
September 30, 2018 Subject:
A Beautiful Timeless Adventure!
This is a wonderfully done version. Even though this was done 50 years ago ,as of this review it sounds fresh and modern. I Totally recomend it. Thank you for sharing it.
July 21, 2018 Subject:
The best dramatization I've ever heard. Bravo and thanks for sharing!
May 31, 2017 Subject:
If you must listen to a radio production of the classic story "The Hobbit" by legendary mythopoeic J. R. R. Tolkien, let it be this one. Yes, it is slightly abridged and altered, but it more than makes up for it in atmosphere and charm. I will admit that radio is a dwindling medium (we can thank television for that one), yet this production is an example of how great radio programmes can be!
March 21, 2015 Subject:
Love it so mutch brings me storrage back to no child hood